| Apr 6, 2012 |
Garden tours offer private access and design dialogues
Boh staff
By Staff

What's Out There Garden Dialogues provides exclusive access to private gardens in the Hamptons, Miami Beach, Newport, Sonoma and elsewhere in April, June and July. The events will provide a distinct look at gardens and enable participants to hear firsthand about the collaborative process that led to the creation of each garden.

The landscape architects and their respective clients will discuss each garden's inspiration, evolution, and challenges; how did each balance artistry and practicality? What unforeseen problems did they encounter and how did that affect the outcome? What makes for a successful collaboration? What did each learn in this shared creative process? How do they envision the garden's future?

The new national program is created by the Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) in partnership with Garden Design magazine.

April 14-15 Garden Dialogues in Southern California:

• Brentwood: Bonhill Residence by Pamela Burton and Company. This contemporary garden functions as a series of lush and green outdoor rooms, which have evolved over time to become a sculpture garden with works by such masters as Richard Long and Richard Serra.

• Del Mar Residence: Martin Poirier, Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects with James Johnson, Architect - This house and garden collaboration is a complete transformation, from nondescript Spanish house and disjointed landscape into a modern sanctuary with ocean views where building and landscape seamlessly merge.

• Los Angeles: Kun House 2: Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture. When a landslide threatened Richard Neutra's Kun 2, the owner used the opportunity to create a richly colored and textured garden that offers a fresh take on the house's iconic modernism while solving environmental concerns.

April 15 Garden Dialogues in Atlanta:

Mr. and Mrs. Don Childress Residence by Edward L. Daugherty Landscape Architect. This 10-acre Buckhead property, with a distant view of the city, cleverly blends with the surrounding forest of the Chattahoochee National Park. It features native plants and a modern use of stone, wood and steel.

William E. Mitchell House + Charles C. Case House: John Howard, Howard Design Studio, with Keith Summerour, Summerour & Associates Architects - Explore the exquisite classical landscapes of these two stately homes and gardens, from the Front Motor Court Garden, to a Hydrangea Garden, formal Boxwood Garden, Woodland Garden and more.

Watson-Brown Foundation/Goodrum House: Spencer Tunnell, Tunnell + Tunnell Landscape Architecture. This remarkable English Regency house and garden, designed by Philip Shutze in 1932, is currently being restored, complete with Italian Theater Garden, the Serpentine Wall Garden, and Dogwood Allée.

April 15 Garden Dialogue in Nashville:

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robinson Garden: Ben Page, Page Duke Landscape Architects. This lush garden exudes classical elegance as one of Nashville's early Country Place Era estates. Architectural character seamlessly transitions from house to walled garden rooms planted with seasonal flowers and fruit trees.

April 15 Garden Dialogue in Miami Beach:

• 1111 Lincoln Road: Raymond Jungles, with client Robert Wennett. A contemporary take on a Miami modernist icon, 1111 Lincoln Road draws inspiration from the Everglades and Morris Lapidus' earlier work. The result is an exotic public garden amidst Florida's foremost pedestrian mall.

June 9-10: Connecticut, Chicago, Northern & Southern California, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley (NOTE: Chicago, Connecticut, the Hamptons and Hudson Valley sites and details to be announced soon):

June 9-10 Garden Dialogues in Southern California:

• Malibu: Jennifer Kell and Dominic Surprenant Residence: Landscape Artist Andy Cao, cao | perrot studio, with John Greenlee, Greenlee and Associates. Constantly changing with the light and ocean-front atmosphere of its setting, this floating garden installation evokes the asymmetry of clouds, floating over a striking geometrical surface of turf and glass planes;

• Beverly Hills Residence: Susan Van Atta, Van Atta Associates, with Kerry Joyce. A lush escape featuring emerald green lawns, flower gardens, and wooded glens, this garden evokes an English country estate. Outdoor rooms from a croquet lawn to herb gardens are divided by rose terraces;

• Malibu: Frank and Helene Pierson's Horizon Garden: Pamela Palmer, ARTECHO Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The quality of light and expansive horizon view inspired this ocean-side garden. Accented with boldly colored succulents and sculptural lawns, linked terraces are spaces for outdoor living and a visual bridge to the sea.

Space is limited and each Garden Dialogue is $35.00.

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